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The Doors You Mark Are Your Own

The Doors You Mark Are Your Own Joshua City is one of seven city states in a post apocalyptic world where water is scarce and technology is at mid twentieth century Soviet levels As the novel opens the Baikal Sea has been poisoned

  • Title: The Doors You Mark Are Your Own
  • Author: Okla Elliott Raul Clement
  • ISBN: 9781940430201
  • Page: 446
  • Format: Paperback
  • Joshua City is one of seven city states in a post apocalyptic world where water is scarce and technology is at mid twentieth century Soviet levels As the novel opens, the Baikal Sea has been poisoned, causing a major outbreak of a flesh eating disease called nekrosis Against this backdrop of political corruption, violence and oppression, a struggle for control of JoshuaJoshua City is one of seven city states in a post apocalyptic world where water is scarce and technology is at mid twentieth century Soviet levels As the novel opens, the Baikal Sea has been poisoned, causing a major outbreak of a flesh eating disease called nekrosis Against this backdrop of political corruption, violence and oppression, a struggle for control of Joshua City ensues, and a revolutionary group called The Underground emerges.The Doors You Mark Are Your Own is a sweeping literary epic the result of years of painstaking writing and world building by two brilliantly imaginative minds that readers will get lost in and never want to end.

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    1. A long novel is a different beast. In its pages, a whole world may be contained; characters arrive and depart, suggesting lives begun long before; a reader can spend days, even weeks, tracking the progress of a plot that winds and dips and twists, building inexorably toward an explosive finish. The first book of The Joshua City Trilogy, The Doors You Mark Are Your Own, clocks in at an impressive seven hundred twenty-four pages, beautifully designed by Dark House Press, under Curbside Splendor Pu [...]

    2. THE DOORS YOU MARK ARE YOUR OWN is a sweeping epic in the vein of Frank Herbert's DUNE or Margaret Atwood's THE HANDMAID'S TALE. It is smart yet entertaining. It also deals with many political issues confronting us today: government surveillance, water scarcity, women in the sciences, immigration, and more. I strongly recommend this novel for the intelligent and politically engaged reader.

    3. I tried with this book. I really did, and I've decided not to give it a rating because I didn't finish it.I probably could have, but after 400+ pages, I was still struggling to care, and the problems and limitations of the text became so aggravating to me as I went that I couldn't even enjoy the parts I should have.But let's unpack this a little, because I think the novel's failure is partly influenced by expectation. I got caught up in the hype and had high expectations for this. Maybe my expec [...]

    4. Originally published at Risingshadow.The Doors You Mark Are Your Own is a literary dystopian masterpiece of an epic scope that nicely differs from other new speculative fiction novels. It's the first part of the Joshua City Trilogy.This novel has been written in a slightly different way than other new speculative fiction novels. The text has been translated from Slovnik and other languages into English, so the actual authors are merely "translators". The story was originally written by a fiction [...]

    5. "Sweeping literary epic" is the perfect definition of this book. Even at 701 pages, I carried this book with me at all times, reading on the subway, reading every spare minute at work, reading in bed until 3:00 AMeven reading at the sink while brushing my teeth.There is a huge cast of characters, but none of them get lost in the crowd. They are all unique, but also multifaceted. The people (and that's what they feel like, not merely characters in a book) on these pages seem to truly breathe and [...]

    6. If you enjoy classic Russian lit with a scifi twist, then Doors is a solid treat for you. Even though set a few centuries after the collapse of our civilization, it is more steampunk than post-apocalyptic, a world of smaller horizons has regained early 20th century technology, and politics of the era.

    7. I absolutely loved this book. As soon as I finished it, I was torn between immediately rereading it and lending it to a friend so they too can experience Joshua City! A powerhouse of a novel.

    8. Reviewed by RJ at ineedanotherbookcase.In this pseudo-translated historical text, originally written by an author from a time in our own alternate distant future, we learn of a world before that time yet occurring after the fall of our own (or possibly our recent past). As stated by the book’s own summary, this “blends elements of Nazi Germany, Soviet Russia, and Golden Age Hollywood.” The main story itself is that of a world that had been nearly destroyed due to events not limited to, but [...]

    9. From my review for Atticus Review:The Doors You Mark Are Your Own is the first part of an ambitious amalgam of literary fiction spliced with post-apocalyptic and historical genres. Written by Elliott and Clement with the conceit that they are ‘translating’ a historical account written in ‘Slovnik’ by the fictional Aleksandr Tuvim, the saga reads on one level as an engrossing biography and social commentary of a speculative, future city-state. On another level it contains rich, interconne [...]

    10. It took me a long time to finish this book. Although the first few chapters really grabbed me, when I had to put it aside because I was busy, it stayed put aside for a while. Still, it picked up after a slow middle, and I ended up really enjoying it.The Doors You Mark Are Your Own is a combination of dystopian future-history, political thriller, and revolutionary philosophy. Its gimmick is to pretend to be a translation of a fictional writer who lived through a future revolutionary period. As I [...]

    11. From HFR contributor Brett Beach:"In its epic scope, the novel is able to address several issues; as with other works of postapocalyptic and dystopian fiction, the book often recontextualizes and comments on issues of class divide, the role of resistance in an authoritarian government, the use of media, and the ties of family and friendship in times of duress. Elliot and Clement are particularly effective in describing scenes of resistance. The novel’s momentum is wisely built in each rebellio [...]

    12. Disclosure: Okla Elliot, one of the "translators," was a professor of mine at Ohio Wesleyan University. "The Doors You Mark Are Your Own" reads like a post-apocalyptic, dystopian novel if it had been written by Dostoyevsky or Tolstoy. It's a multi-layered work that touches on Fascism, revolution, religion, government surveillance, war, disease, art, philosophy, and more. It's a rich, fascinating, and rewarding work.

    13. Well, what can I say? That I don't recommend this book to really anyone I guess. The authors clearly worked hard and put a lot of thought into this book/world, and it sort of breaks my heart to say too much negative about it. So, let's just say it lacks heart.At page 460 I was done with it, but forced myself to skim/speed through the rest, because I truly was curious to see what happens. Well, I did that after failing to find a spoiler synopsis online. So, here's what happens starting toward the [...]

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